HYWEL DDA HEALTH CHARITIES, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, has launched its 2022 Pet Competition.
The competition gives members of the public the opportunity to win prizes while also helping the charity to raise funds which make a positive difference to the lives of NHS patients, service users and staff in the Hywel Dda area.
Owners of fabulous felines, perfect pooches, gorgeous guinea pigs or beautiful budgies are invited to enter the annual competition.
Pet-owners can enter as many times as they like in the categories of Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat and Cutest Other Pet. Each photo entry costs £3.
It’s easy to take part, all participants need to do is send a photo of their pet to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the instructions in this link: https://hyweldda.enthuse.com/cf/pet-competition.
The competition is open to everyone in the Health Board area. Entries close on 30th June 2022. The final three in each category will be chosen by the Hywel Dda Health Charities team. The winners are then chosen by an online voting poll and will be announced in July.
There are 1st place prizes in each category donated by Wynnstay, Burns Pet Food and Vincent Davies Department Stores.
Diane Henry, fundraising support officer, said: “Each time people enter our Pet Competition with pictures of their fabulous pets, they are helping us to provide services and activities above and beyond what the NHS can provide.. Thank you for your continued support.”
Co op helps out two Llandeilo community volunteer groups
LLANDEILO Co op store manager Chris Rees and Member Pioneer Christoph Fischer successfully secured Co op funding for two Llandeilo community groups: “Friends of Llandyfeisant Church” and the “Dinefwr Orchadeers”.
Friends of Llandyfeisant Church was set up to restore the beautiful Llandyfeisant Church on the Dinefwr Park estate. The volunteers want to bring this unused building back into use for the community. “We’re currently restoring the floor according to the Listed Buildings specification, which is costly and labour intense,” explains Dafydd Thomas from the group.
“The church is no longer consecrated but it would be wonderful for many other events.”
The group has a busy Facebook page and many supporters, locally and from further afield.
The Dinefwr Orchardeers are a community volunteer group based at Dinefwr Home Farm, looking after a 3-acre orchard of heritage apple and pear trees. They hire out fruit milling and pressing equipment to local fruit tree / orchard owners, run a cider club and recently built a juicing room. The money will be spent on aprons and juicing equipment.
“We would love you to join or observe our weekly orchard management sessions” says Philip James. “You can learn, amongst other activities, to prune, harvest and juice.”
“At the Co op we’re proud to support local initiatives and projects,” says store manager Chris Rees. “We have three local causes every year who get 2% of money spent by members in the store on co op products, but we also can help with ad hoc projects.”
“We encourage local groups to come forward if they wish to apply for either type of funds,” says Member Pioneer Christoph Fischer. “My role in the co op is to liaise with community groups and lend them our support.”
To join or meet the Orchadeers, please call Philip on 01558 685746.
To become a member or volunteer with Friends of Llandyfeisant Church, visit their Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/280218132732204 or email email@example.com
Community groups in Carmarthenshire celebrate nearly £50,000 of National Lottery funding
THE NATIONAL Lottery Community Fund has awarded a total of £47,575 of funding to local community groups in Carmarthenshire over the past month.
The funded projects include improving the local environment and biodiversity, respite and days out for families of people battling addiction, and free boxing sessions for young people.
Llanerch Community Group were one of the recipients of the funding and will use their £8,000 grant to continue to provide a local food share service, and work with volunteers to create a community growing space for fruit and vegetables.
Sharon Burdess & Heather Peters from Llanerch Community Group said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the National Lottery Fund grant and will put it to good use in enhancing the community of Llanerch.
“Lleidi Foodshare has been set up to help families, young and old in our local community with the rising cost of living. The funds will help the community to come together have a chat, coffee and cake which will reduce loneliness and isolation within the older members within our community.
“The funds will also be used to set up a community food growing garden which will work alongside our Lliedi Foodshare. Groups of all ages will get involved in this project from the soil preparation to the final stages of picking, then this will be distributed for free through our Lleidi Foodshare.
“Community Biodiversity native plant growing sessions will help tackle decline of bees and bugs which will help improve their population. This will enhance the natural beauty of Llanerch where the community can relax and enjoy the Open Green Space.”
The John Burns Foundation received a £10,000 grant to support people interested in improving biodiversity in their local community. It will provide practical tuition in traditional crafts and improve the mental health of those participating in outdoor activity.
Zara, Group Leader at Mencap who’ve worked with The John Burns Foundation explained, “Our staff and team members with a learning disability from Mencap Me Time all benefitted from learning hedge laying, a new skill. We all increased confidence and felt sheer pride at seeing the result.
“People we support commented on being one step further to finding a job in the future.”
Stallion Community Hub CIC will use their £9,884 grant to provide 80 free boxing sessions to young people, encouraging participation. They will address the impact of poverty, and instil values, support health and wellbeing, and promote life skills.
Trallwm Area Community Hall were awarded £10,000 to provide sessions on topics including improving IT skills, mental health and healthy eating. They will help people get to know each other and ease loneliness.
C.A.S.M. Support of Carers of Alcohol and Substance Misuse in Llanelli were also successful and will use £9,690 to provide respite and days out, enabling families with loved ones with addiction to take much-needed breaks, in a safe environment.
John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, celebrated all the organisation’s saying: “We are proud to be the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The Fund is dedicated to supporting projects like these that bring people together to support their communities, create stronger social connections and help develop new skills. National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes like these throughout the UK”
These projects are just some of 56 projects awarded across Wales in the past month totalling £1,821,550 of funding raised by National Lottery players. To read the full list please see the attached document.
Gwili Café raises money for Ukrainian causes
THE GWILI CAFÉ held its second night with Authentic Ukrainian food cooked by Ukrainians for café guests. Sunflowers Wales, a group of Ukrainian born UK citizens raise funds for medical supplies and support Ukrainian refugees in Wales.
They provided the cooks and the food while local businesses The Little Welsh Dresser, Heavenly Exquisite Desserts, The Gwili Café and several private sponsors donated cash and raffle prizes.
On this occasion they raised an astonishing £1000, £250 more than when the event first took place in June.
“I never thought I’d see a fundraiser for this kind of thought in my life time,” reflected Bryan Jones from the Gwili Café. “Were lucky to live in a caring town like Llandeilo where people still come forward to support the cause.”
“We talk about the next leader of the conservative party and the heat wave, but the war is still going on,” laments Bohdana Bahlay of Sunflower Wales. “I’m so grateful for this money that will buy tourniquets and bandages and will save lives in the Ukraine. Thank you all so much.”
“Thanks to the kind-hearted and hard-working staff at the Gwili Café,” says organiser Christoph Fischer, “and to Bryan Jones for offering us the space before we knew we could fill the space and to Bohdana and all she and her group are doing.
Humbling to see everyone joining in to keep the flame of humanity alive. We mustn’t numb to the ongoing war and we’ll be back with another meal in early September.
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